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If We Are Attacked With Pepper Spray

Wednesday, September 19, 2012Mustafaa Abdul Muhammad

"I pray that none of us ever have to experience getting Pepper Sprayed.  But as the days get darker and darker, who knows what will happen at any given time."

Bro. Michael Muhammad
"Let us lie in wait for the righteous man, because he is inconvenient to us and opposes our actions; he reproaches us for sins against the law, and accuses us of sins against our training. He professes to have knowledge of God, and calls himself a child of the Lord."

"He became to us a reproof of our thoughts; the very sight of him is a burden to us, because his manner of life is unlike that of others, and his ways are strange. We are considered by him as something base, and he avoids our ways as unclean; he calls the last end of the righteous happy, and boasts that God is his father.

Let us see if his words are true, and let us test what will happen at the end of his life; for if the righteous man is God's child, he will help him, and will deliver him from the hand of his adversaries. Let us test him with insult and torture, so that we may find out how gentle he is, and make trial of his forbearance. Let us condemn him to a shameful death, for, according to what he says, he will be protected."
  Wisdom of Solomon 2:12-24

A while back while I was at work (I work at a restaurant)and I felt something in my eye.  Out of habit, Without even thinking about it,  I wiped my eye with my finger.

The same finger, had just been covered in residue from hot peppers.

The searing pain was immediate. The pain was  sharp,  intense,  overwhelming all of my other senses.  There was literally nothing I could do but fall to my knees. I was temporarily blinded in that eye and out of fear that whatever was happening to the one eye would happen to the other, I kept that one closed too. And even though I only got it in my eye, it was even hard to breath for a moment.  It was a terrible experience that I will never forget.

And that was only from a small trace amount of residue from hot peppers.  The chemical in peppers that give it the heat, or burning sensation is called Capsaicin.

Capsaicin is also the Main ingredient(in large amounts) used in  "Pepper Spray."  A weapon the enemy deems "Non Lethal." (The Los Angeles Times reported in 1995 that 65 deaths were associated with the use of pepper spray  since 1990.  Yes, that is 65 people killed with a "Non Lethal" weapon in 5 years.)

Did you know Internationally pepper spray is banned for use in war by the 1972 Biological Weapons convention but not for internal security use.

In the past year we have witnessed all around the world and even in America the Military/police using pepper spray/tear gas on it's citizens.   And we have witnessed these demons use it indiscriminately against  Men and women, boys and girls, old and young.

Now can you imagine what it must feel like to have "Pepper spray" covering your entire face?

What Are The Effects of Pepper Spray?

If you are attacked with Pepper Spray it's going to burn.  It's going to feel like your face is on fire. If you take deep breaths inhaling immediately after you are sprayed You are going to experience uncontrollable bouts of choking because you are inhaling the chemical into your lungs. Capsicum creates heat and minor nerve irritation, actually reducing other signals sent from nerves to the brain.

"Searing Pain"

Pepper Spray forces you to close your eyes, you will find it very hard to breath, choking, and it's going to cause a severe burning sensation on your skin.  The initial burning sensation can last from 30 minutes to an hour.  With lingering burning effects lasting hours, even days.  You may experience "Intense" head aches.

Why am I telling you this?

Because you or someone you love may be attacked with Pepper Spray in the future and If you know what to expect AND How to treat the symptoms, with the Help of God you may be able to help ease suffering tomorrow by what you are reading now.  The protests are only going to get worse.

When Treating a victim of Pepper Spray. If you can remember this, it will go a long way in saving time, pain, and energy.

Water Does Not Work.
Water Does Not Work.
Water Does Not Work.

Capsaicin is not soluble in water.  What does that mean?  No Amount of Water will Wash it off.  You will only be wasting your time.  And water. And it will actually feel like it's burning more.

This can be proven in no limit of time.  Can you remember the last time you had a really hot pepper or spicy food?  And when your mouth was really hot, you drank some  water to cool your mouth.   Did it work?  If you can't remember, go bite into a hot pepper, and then try to wash that burning sensation away with water.  Remember hot peppers = Capsaicin. Water will not stop the burning sensation.

I remember back to that day in the restaurant when it felt like my eye was on fire.  My co-workers helped me over to the sink where they immediately tried to flush my eyes with cool water.   My eye still felt like it was on fire.  The water, as cool as it was, did not stop the burning sensation. The pain was so bad I just knew I would lose that eye.  I called on the God.

And He answered.   Another one of my Co Workers came to my aid.  She yelled at everyone to get out of the way.  She held my head back and told me to be still and try to open my eye.   I did as I was told And she poured this cool liquid into my eye that felt amazing.

It stopped the burning sensation immediately.  Once she stopped pouring the liquid the burning started to come back, I yelled at her to keep pouring whatever it was.  She did.  It really killed that pain fast.  I was totally amazed and I turned to see what it was that she used to stop the burning.  She stood there holding a half gallon of MILK.

Yes, plain store bought MILK.

Now as we have just learned, Capsaicin is the active ingredient in peppers that make it hot or spicy.  And Capsaicin is the main ingredient of Pepper spray. And MILK is one of the ways I Know flushes the Capsaicin easing that burning sensation.  There's a protein found in milk called casein that acts like a detergent against capsaicin. It'll actually pull the capsaicin compounds away from the nerve receptor.

But to test it out for yourself.   The next time you eat hot peppers or something really spicy, instead of drinking water to cool down your mouth.  Put some milk in your mouth and see how it feels.

  • The colder the milk is, the more effective it tends to be against the burning sensation.
  • If you have gotten the oil on your hands, soaking your hands in bowl of milk with ice cubes in it will help relieve the pain. Make sure to keep the milk cold, and replace the milk with fresh milk if the pain-relieving effects lessen
Because while Capsaicin is not Water Soluble, it IS Fat Soluble. Fats and "OILS." So Whole Milk will rinse the Capsaicin easing the suffering.  And Water will be of no use.

Yes I know, some of us would never even dare put store bought milk into our bodies not to even think about pouring it in our eyes and on our skin.  As long as you are never attacked with Pepper Spray that's fine.

But if you are, then we may need to come up with some other options.

Blinking Helps encourage tears flushing the inflammatory agent out of your eyes.  Of course that's the last thing you are going to want to do is open your eyes once you get Pepper Spray in them.  But you will have to force yourself or the victim  to "Keep Blinking."

Many of your EMT and Fire Depts use Baby Shampoo to wash the inflammatory agent in Pepper Spray (Capsaicin) away as well easing the burning sensation. The Johnson and Johnson No Tears Baby Shampoo.  You can pour it right into your eyes and all over to rinse the Capsaicin away.  The Police use this as well for themselves.  Because even though it is usually them using the Pepper Spray, there is sometimes blow back.  So if you are attending a large rally or protest it would be wise to carry with you a Large bottle of "No Tears" baby shampoo Just in Case the police get crazy.

If you can get in front of a fan or a breeze that will help.  Very cold air will ease the burning sensation.  If you get the Pepper Spray on your hands, don't touch any other parts of your body.

Do not rub the Pepper Spray on your skin.  Yes your skin will feel like it is on fire and it will be a natural reaction to try and "Wipe" the chemical off.  Pepper Spray is an inflammatory agent.  It was made to inflame your capillaries causing the burning sensation.  When you touch the affected area, you make it worse by "rubbing it in" helping to spread it more.

REMEMBER:  Touching your skin After being Pepper Sprayed is BAD.  Touching = More Pain.  It may take days for you to be able to touch your skin and it not hurt.

If you are wearing contact lenses when pepper sprayed, get them out as soon as you can.  Because the effects of Pepper Spray are so immediate, the moment you are sprayed, you are going to shut your eyes.  That is automatic. This is when most people usually panic and start trying to "Wipe" their burning eyes, face, nose, etc.  Which in turn, makes it much worse.  But because you are reading this, if that day should ever come for you, you won't do the things that will make it worse.  As hard as it will be for you if you get pepper sprayed, we must remember not to panic. And remember what to do to ease the suffering.

It is nearly impossible to get pepper spray out of contact lenses.

Decontaminating your self from pepper spray can take as little as 15 minutes to as much as 45 minutes before symptoms subside. It all depends  on your skin type.  But in the end, AIR and TIME are your greatest weapons against the pain associated with Pepper Spray.

I pray that none of us ever have to experience getting Pepper Sprayed.  But as the days get darker and darker, who knows what will happen at any given time.  It is always best to be prepared for the very worst just in case it happens.  If you will, please forward this to all of your friends and family, co workers, etc.  Because while we may be in our comfort zone today, tomorrow we may find ourselves completely surrounded by victims of Pepper Spray and we may be in a position to offer assistance like my co-worker did on that day a while back. And if you don't remember everything that I wrote in this article, if you will remember Brother Michael had a co worker who poured Milk into his eyes to stop the pepper from burning. Then that is fine with me.

Thank you for reading this and if you have any questions please feel free to ask.  writermdm@gmail.com
Bro. Michael Muhammad can also be reached via his Facebook page 

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